Learning Disabilities

  • Cody A. HostutlerEmail author
  • Matthew J. Gormley
  • Seth D. Laracy
  • Melissa Winterhalter


Learning disabilities are prevalent and have significant health implications. Healthcare and school systems must work collaboratively with families to promote academic health. This chapter proposes best practices in preventing, identifying, and treating learning disabilities with a focus on interprofessional care. Barriers to collaboration across systems are many, including: definitional, conceptual, and linguistic differences across settings; administrative and fiscal pressures; varying beliefs and attitudes related to responsibility of assessing and treating learning disabilities; absence of built mechanisms to coordinate care; and differences in communication preferences. This chapter outlines a shared conceptual and definitional understanding of learning disabilities; delineates roles of healthcare and school settings in the prevention, identification, and treatment of learning disabilities; and synthesizes conceptual and empirical work into an actionable plan for interprofessional care. A case study is included to elucidate what this interprofessional collaboration may look like in practice.


Learning disabilities Learning problem Behavioral health Integrated behavioral health Interprofessional collaboration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cody A. Hostutler
    • 1
    Email author
  • Matthew J. Gormley
    • 2
  • Seth D. Laracy
    • 3
  • Melissa Winterhalter
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Department of Educational PsychologyUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  3. 3.Easton Area School DistrictEastonUSA
  4. 4.Department of PediatricsNationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA

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